Germany’s G7 Presidency
Germany’s G7 Presidency

Preserving the significance of the G7 means getting results based on shared values

by Claudia Schmucker, Kseniya Dziatlouskaya | Western Europe, Global Institutions

The G7 is often criticized for taking up topics that should be handled by the G20 and other international organizations. When it convenes at Schloss Elmau June 7–8, it should refocus attention on its role as an informal forum based on common values. The initiative to promote decent work through sustainable supply chains, organized during Germany’s presidency, offers an excellent opportunity to do this. Germany hopes members will adopt its charta for promoting sustainable business. (In German)

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